Do you want to bring the power of story into your strategy against fracking?

This just in from Shaleshock:

Media & Messaging Training – Story Based Strategy

Do you want to bring the power of story into your strategy against fracking?

On Saturday, June 22nd – 10:00am to 4:00pm, Shaleshock will offer a Media & Strategic Messaging Workshop in Ithaca, NY. You and other members of your organization are invited to attend.

 This workshop presents tools for building power and strategy through the lens of story. We will also explore messaging tactics and develop skills with media & campaign outreach.

Register Here

This Workshop will be an an opportunity to:

  • Develop or examine messaging strategy for your groups’ campaigns and actions
  • Explore and unpack story-based strategy and narrative thinking
  • Network and build relationships with fracktivist allies
  • Create some new materials for your campaign (banners, signs, messaging)

When: Saturday, June 22. 10:00am to 4:00pm (Breakfast at 9:00 – 9:40 am)

Cost: Suggested Donation $10 – 30

Where: The Quaker Meeting House

120 Third Street
Ithaca, NY 14850
(607)592-5208

Accessibility: Snacks and lunch will be provided by La Cocina Latina catering. The space is wheelchair accessible. Also, children are welcome and there will be child-care available on-site.

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Future Shaleshock Trainings – Summer 2013

Workshops & Trainings provide a space for hands on development of skills and tools for movement building. If you’re interested in signing up to hear about future trainings, click here.

Report from the Somerville Screening

From Maureen Barillaro of Somerville Climate Action:

We really enjoyed the film and had some great discussion afterwards to come up with ideas for getting more renewable power in Somerville. It’s challenging in our extremely densely populated city of nearly 80K people to find the right conditions. Housing stock is so close together there may not be adequate sun and they are all old and not designed with solar in mind so that can be another issue for folks.

We were very inspired by all the great ideas in the film and hope we can get a much higher percentage of renewable power in the coming years!

Report from Colorado and DC Screenings

Producer Suzanne McMannis attended the screening in March at the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capitol. An enthusiastic crowd of about 120 people joined her for the evening, including several former Ithacans now relocated to DC.

Prepared with remarks about DIY filmmaking, Suzanne ended up fielding
very serious questions about the big picture for renewables. The audience really wanted to know how to move alternative energy ahead in their communities, and the Solarize Tompkins SE campaign seemed to be of great interest.

The program of films at this festival was marvelously impressive. It is inspiring to see such a far-reaching commitment among activists and artists to a sustainable future. Please support these films anyway you can with family, friends, and organizations because they are at the forefront of bringing real news to viewers.

An old friend of producer Suzanne McMannis was able to attend the Colorado Environmental Film Festival in February. The event is held not far from Denver, and a good-size crowd attended the Friday afternoon screening. Colorado has initiated a couple of terrific state programs promoting renewables, and it was inspiring for us to bring news of Tompkins County’s own robust commitment to alternative energy and document the support we enjoy from organizations such as NYSERDA. Yay, New York!

LISTEN: Empowered on the Radio

Featured

Producer Suzanne McMannis, Director Shira Evergreen, Art Weaver of Renovus Energy (featured in the film), and Guillermo Metz, Coordinator of the Green Building and Renewable Energy Program with Cornell Cooperative Extension, were on Ithaca Community Radio 88.1 WRFI, on Tuesday morning, February 12th discussing Empowered, Renovus Energy, Solar Tour Dryden and Solarize Tompkins SE. You can listen to the show in two parts:

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Report from the Minneapolis Screening

From Peter Foster…

Transition Longfellow, a neighborhood group in Minneapolis, Minnesota, screened Empowered: Power From the People on Friday, February 14 for 35 residents. The screening was part of an ongoing monthly movie night hosted by Transition Longfellow at Bethany Lutheran Church. Movies are preceded by a potluck, which typically feature local, organic, vegan and vegetarians options, and include a local speaker. After Empowered, Timothy DenHerder Thomas lead a discussion about local solar programs, rebates and the future of solar power in the Twin Cities. Thanks for an inspiring and informative movie. It was very well-received.

Here are a few links to our activities through our local Community Council, and to our site, where you can learn more about what we do:
http://www.longfellow.org/tag/transition-longfellow
http://thinkofitasanadventure.com/discussion-groups
http://transitionlongfellow.wordpress.com

2/15: Empowered Screening in Minneapolis

Know anyone in Minneapolis? Come to this free screening and potluck organized by Transition Longfellow.

Friday, February 15, 7pm (potluck starts at 6:30)
Bethany Lutheran Church
3901 36th Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55406
FREE!

Transition Longfellow is part of the Transition Town movement, a grassroots network of communities that are working to build resilience in response to peak oil, climate destruction, and economic instability.

2/12: Empowered on the Radio

Producer Suzanne McMannis, Director Shira Evergreen, Art Weaver of Renovus Energy (featured in the film), and Guillermo Metz, Coordinator of the Green Building and Renewable Energy Program with Cornell Cooperative Extension, will be heard on Ithaca Community Radio, 88.1 WRFI, on Tuesday morning, February 12th, at 7:00 am.

They will be talking about the possibilities of using the sun to heat your water and to power all things electrical – including your radio! Tune in to learn about the new initiatives Solar Tour Dryden and Solarize Tompkins SE!

Dryden and Caroline Getting Empowered

Town of Dryden residents, under the auspices of DRAC, the Dryden Resource Awareness Coalition, are organizing monthly green house tours to encourage people to explore the many renewable energy options now available. Each month will feature a different home in Dryden where the homeowners have made a commitment to offset at least part of their fossil fuel consumption with alternative energy. The event will allow visitors to see a renewable installation at work and talk with the owners at length about living with the system – cost, efficiency, decision-process. The tours will be open to the public and run year-round. Stay tuned for more details!

In other news, renewable energy advocates in Caroline and Dryden have started work on a campaign to enhance the presence of solar power in their communities. Details are still being worked out. If you are interested in this very exciting renewable energy effort, please contact Energy Independent Caroline for further information.

Report from the Newfield Screening

The organizers of Newfield PAUSE (People Advocating the Use of Sustainable Energy) share a summary of the recent screening they organized…

About sixty residents from Newfield and surrounding towns, including Dryden, Ithaca, Trumansburg, Spencer, Van Etten, Owego, and Apalachin, filled the Newfield Fire House, on December 8, to view Empowered: Power from the People. The Newfield Community Conversation, sponsored by the Newfield group PAUSE—People Advocating the Use of Sustainable Energy—included a reunion of many of the film’s participants and lively discussion of the making of the film, grid-tied and off-grid solar, solar leasing, wind, geothermal energy, and green building. The unique opportunity to hear diverse perspectives on planning for, installing, and living with sustainable energy was made possible through discussion with Shira Evergreen, director, Suzanne McMannis, producer, and David Means, Annie Korman, Carolyn Kreisel, Sarah Highland, as well as Lily Gershon, Tompkins County home dwellers who were featured in the film.

Attendees came away with a greater awareness of the possibilities for renewable energy in Tompkins County and—so important—the determination to bring sustainable energy to our homes and communities. The film’s impact is illustrated by the response to the final questions of the evening, First question: “How many of you are working on installations or are developing new technology?” Four or five people raised their hands. Second question: “How many of you are considering installing some kind of sustainable energy system in your home or business?” About 75%-80% of the hands went up.

After the movie and formal discussion, attendees took advantage of the opportunity to network and discuss technological issues and other questions with the film’s participants.

12/8: Newfield PAUSE Screening with Reunion Panel

PAUSE, People Advocating the Use of Sustainable Energy, was founded by Newfield, NY residents concerned about the impacts of shale gas extraction on our town and region. PAUSE seeks to create a world in which people, animals, plants, and all communities flourish. We are excited to announce that PAUSE is organizing a screening of Empowered on December 8th, which will feature a jam-packed panel reuniting many of the Tompkins County residents featured in the film. We’ll have DVDs of the film and YIMBY signs for sale – they make great holiday gifts! Hope to see you on the 8th…

12/8/12, Newfield, NY: Newfield PAUSE (People Advocating the Use of Sustainable Energy) Screening
Saturday, December 8th, 2012, 7pm
Newfield Fire Hall
77 Main Street, Newfield, NY
FREE, Refreshments provided
The film will be followed by a panel discussion with Director Shira Evergreen, Producer Suzanne McMannis, and from the film: Annie Koreman, Carolyn Kreisel, David Means, Sarah Highland and Lily Gershon